• History Media Resource by

    Our God upholds, directs, disposes, and governs all creatures, actions, and things, from the greatest to the least, by His most wise and holy providence. In short, what God creates, He sustains. In this lecture, Stephen Nichols examines the biblical doctrine of providence. View Resource

  • The Conflict at Northampton Media Resource by

    Jonathan Edwards was no stranger to controversy. Although admired and cherished around the globe for his preaching and contribution to the Great Awakening, his own congregation in Northampton, Massachusetts, opposed and removed him from the pulpit unjustly. Many men would have succumbed to bitterness over the controversy in which Edwards was embroiled, but he demonstrated his love for the Lord and His people by agreeing to preach at this same congregation while they searched for a new minister. Edwards desired that the love of God flowing forth from Him and filling heaven would burst forth onto the earth, even into … View Resource

  • His Big Idea Media Resource by

    Jonathan Edwards is often portrayed as a disgruntled, unhappy figure concerned only about judgment and doom. With titles for his works such as Original Sin and “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” what more should we expect? As a matter of fact, the opposite is true of Edwards. We would be hard pressed to find another theologian so full of joy, so delighted in the goodness and bountiful provision of His Lord. Edwards was enraptured with the beauty and wonder of God’s blessings, and he relished the sweetness of God’s greatest gift to His people: Himself. Edwards understood … View Resource

  • The Missionary Media Resource by

    Jonathan Edwards died at the age of fifty-five. Although not young, relative to our era it seems premature. What might his mind have produced if he possessed even a few more years on this earth? Edwards would probably have never entertained this thread of thought. He understood that God’s providence never fails to accomplish its task perfectly and to completion. God had other plans for Edwards, and none of them went awry. On the contrary, He demonstrated his faithfulness to this man and his family despite the tragic conditions under which they died. He brought them home to heaven, where … View Resource

  • His Early Life Media Resource by

    Human beings tend to romanticize and idealize the lives of those individuals we admire, particularly those that lived in an era far removed from ourselves. We smooth out a wrinkle here, turn a blind eye to an episode there, and, poof, an impeccable figure emerges from a charmed existence. The great American theologian Jonathan Edwards has not escaped this idealizing. Yet, a full understanding of his theology and the decisions he made demands a realistic examination of his life, from beginning to end. Dr. Stephen Nichols takes us through the life of Edwards in this study, illuminating the details … View Resource

  • God in a Book Media Resource by

    Reformed people are often accused of putting “God in a box.” This session explores how the Bible doesn’t limit our view of God but expands it, and how sundry methodologies such as Eastern prayer practices, Charismatic extremes, and others actually diminish God rather than exalt His transcendence. View Resource

  • Questions & Answers Media Resource by , , , ,

    Drs. George Grant, Michael Morales, Stephen Nichols, R.C. Sproul Jr. and R.C. Sproul answer a variety of questions covering God’s sovereignty in salvation, predestination, the role of scholarship in doxology, religious pluralism, and more. Video outline: 00:41 Why are Reformed theologians are enamored with Roman Catholic writers such as G.K. Chesterton? 06:27 Does being a “city on a hill” imply that we don’t need to go meet the world where they are? 10:56 How do we minister to those who believe they have blasphemed the Holy Spirit? 12:34 How can we learn to study the … View Resource

  • A Rekindled Flame: The Reformation’s Rediscovery of God Media Resource by

    This formal address by Stephen Nichols during convocation ceremony at Reformation Bible College will consider how Rome’s self promotion to the place of mediator between God and man led to the manipulation of God. The medieval church thought His grace could be purchased, that His rule could be exhibited through an impenitently corrupt institution. The God of surprises chose, however, one neurotic monk to change the world. View Resource

  • The Authority of Scripture, Part 1: The Doctrine of Inspiration Media Resource by

    Higher criticism, the branch of literary investigation that seeks to discover the world behind the text, rose to prominence in seventeenth-century Germany. Yet, the motivation for the implementation of this form of study, the denial of biblical inspiration and inerrancy, has a much longer history. Human beings have tried to deny the inspiration of God’s Word for ages because they cannot abide God’s authority over them. As today’s lesson demonstrates, the origin of Scripture in God necessitates its authority over all creation, and only two responses may follow: Spirit-inspired acceptance or denial. View Resource

  • The Authority of Scripture, Part 2: The Doctrine of Inerrancy Media Resource by

    For many years, mainline academia has issued attacks against the Bible through the various fields of study, such as history and archaeology. The lack of archaeological evidence supporting Scripture’s claims as well as its attestation of supernatural events form just a few of the arrows shot by those seeking to poke holes in the positions of inspiration and inerrancy. Although engagement in these intellectual debates is appropriate and useful, at the end of the day, once all the objections have been leveled and answered, satisfactory to some or not, the most important question must float to the surface and receive … View Resource

  • Revelation: Where Would We Be Without It? Media Resource by

    Romans 1:19-21 to demonstrates, among other things, the nature of revelation and the benefits and demands flowing from it. All men witness the glory of God and owe Him allegiance, for the oceans, mountains, and forests attest to His existence and authority as much as the consciousness that absorbs and categorizes these experiences. No man possesses excuse. Nonetheless, he proceeds to explain that this revelation, known as general revelation, does not lead to salvation, for sin has corrupted man’s ability to acknowledge the Lord as God. View Resource

  • Scripture for Life: The Sufficiency of Scripture Media Resource by

    The concept that an ancient book might offer sufficiency for life rubs against the grain of our postmodern culture. How can one source possess all the answers for life, let alone an archaic, outdated text? Behind this question lies the desire for the individual to choose what is sufficient, a grasp for autonomy that began with our first parents in the garden of Eden. They sought to cast off the yoke of the Lord, which they considered heavy and unnecessary, and instead they exalted themselves to the place of their Creator, arbiters of sufficiency. This sin remains alive today, compelling … View Resource

  • Why Sixty-Six Books? The Development of the Canon Media Resource by

    The past few decades have witnessed a resurgence of criticism against the authority of the canon of Scripture. Books like The da Vinci Code seek to undermine the foundations of Christianity by shedding doubt on the cornerstone of its structure: the Word of God. Sadly, these critiques generally invent lies and falsify information to create “persuasive” arguments against the authority of Scripture, and one of the most common areas in which this occurs is the canonization process of the Bible. Yet, as this lesson demonstrates, the early church faced similar problems and struggles as they received God’s Word, and the … View Resource

  • Why So Many Interpretations? The Clarity of Scripture & Interpretation Media Resource by

    You may hear people in certain circles of evangelicalism claim that they do not need teachers or instructors of Scripture, for, as Jeremiah says, “And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more” (Jer. 31:34). The New Testament affirms Jeremiah’s message, and it explains that the fundamental message of the gospel is clear and easy to understand if the Holy Spirit … View Resource

  • Questions & Answers Media Resource by

    More than a history lesson, Dr. Nichols helps believers understand why the Reformation mattered then and matters now. Questions covered in this section are: 1. If the Reformers profiled in this series could speak to us, what would be their most urgent message to us today?2. What is the greatest threat to Sola Scriptura in the church today?3. How would the Reformed faith rebut the Roman Catholic argument that Protestant doctrine is not as settled as theirs?4. What happened to Puritanism in the United States? Why didn’t they remain faithful? View Resource